This year we had several big Revitalise events cancelled or postponed because of coronavirus, but thankfully that wasn’t enough to stop our amazing fundraisers!
Here are a few of the ingenious ways #TeamRevitalise have showed us their support in 2020…
Virtual London Marathon
Despite uncertainty over whether or not the race would actually go ahead this year, our dedicated runners carried on tirelessly fundraising and training. Eventually, on a blustery Sunday in October, 15 Revitalise runners braved the elements to complete the gruelling 26.2 miles in a location of their choice. We are so proud of them! Finishing a marathon is quite a feat, but to do so without the support of a crowd, or the motivation of competing with other runners, makes it even more impressive.
One of our runners, Abby, said this:
“I hit a few walls during the 26.2 miles, but at mile 18, I hit a wall I didn’t think I was going to get past. At that moment, I stopped and thought about the people I was raising money for, the disabled people and carers that don’t get the luxury of choosing to stop. It was these thoughts that carried me to the ‘finish line’.”
One of our incredible fundraisers, Lara Pomphrett, came up with the unique idea to plan a Revitalise event where she completed a massive 10,000 Muay Thai punches in a single day. She absolutely smashed her fundraising target of £250, raising £1,010 for her efforts!
Well done Lara and thank you!
Like the London Marathon, this year’s RideLondon went virtual! The lovely Gareth Rees rode for Revitalise, in memory of his wonderful Mam and to help support carers like those who cared for her. As well as being a keen cyclist, Gareth is also a huge rugby fan, and even featured in this official Guinness Six Nations advert with his brother, telling the story of his Mam’s purse and their rugby adventures with it – we highly recommend giving it a watch!
10,000 Steps For 10 Days
Over the summer our very own Terry and Lou, from Jubilee Lodge and Head Office, joined lots of you in completing our virtual 10,000 steps in 10 days challenge. In a time when many of us have been restricted to staying at home every day, managing to get those steps in is harder than it sounds! Thankfully, as well as raising money to help support Revitalise guests and carers, Terry and Lou both said they enjoyed the opportunity to explore more of their local area too. What a team!
Back in April we asked people to get behind our Revita5 campaign, where we challenged everyone to do an activity based on the number 5, donate £5, and then share with 5 friends and family. So many of you got involved in this Revitalise event and it was great to see a variety of different activities – from running 5km to reading 5 books!